1 Thessalonians 4:18 says, "Therefore encourage each other with these words." So.........
- "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
- "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first."
- The Lord is issuing a "loud command".
- The voice of the archangel is crying out something
- The trumpet of God is sounded
- The dead in Christ are raised from the dead
God confirms His Word (of order) in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.
- "Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
- A trumpet is going to sound.
- And the dead will be raised imperishable.
There is no doubt the speed at which those who remain are transformed - "in the twinkling of an eye". However, I dug a little deeper. I researched the original Greek for "flash" within the phrase "in a flash" of 1 Corinthians 15:52. The word comes from ἄτομος/atomos/at'-om-os. It means indivisible, an “atom” of time - a moment.
Now let us observe "twinkling" from the phrase "in the twinkling of an eye" of the same verse. The original Greek word for twinkling is ῥιπή/rhipē/hree-pay'. It means a jerk of the eye, that is, by analogy, an instant: twinkling. You and I call it - a blink.
The Christian's transformation is going to happen in a blink. However, there are some preliminary activities. Listen out for those BEFORE HINTS! Are you Rapture Ready? If you are Not then "confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, [and] you will be saved." (Romans 10:9). In the meantime, Don't Blink!